We all remember the classic scene from Snow White, with the Queen standing in front of the magic mirror asking “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”
As I began to think more about mirrors and reflections, though an elementary thought, it occurred to me that a mirror cannot continue to reflect an image if the source of that image has been removed or replaced by something else. If you recall, our last discussion was about us reflecting the image of God to others. If we apply the aforementioned concept to this thought, we can reason: If God is not the source of the image that I am reflecting, then just what exactly am I reflecting??
Before we go any further, we must understand what part of the human body does the reflecting. For this we go to Scripture: “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” (Proverbs 27:19, emphasis added). Now, just to be clear, our hearts do not physically reflect anything, but rather we are talking about spiritual reflection. To put it simply: The things we have stored up in our hearts will be manifested (or reflected) in our speech and actions. For example, if one’s heart is full of hatred, rage, greed, etc, then these things will be evident when that person has no regard for any other human, when hurtful words are spoken, when material things become a source of pride, etc. Likewise, when one’s heart is full of the things of God such as love, joy, patience, etc., then these things will be evident (or reflected) in speech and actions.
The question was posed earlier, “If God is not the source of the image that I am reflecting, then just what exactly am I reflecting?” You see, God must be the source of the image that our hearts are reflecting. There will never be nothing for our hearts to reflect. If God is not the source this means that something of the world has taken His place. It’s simple math: God as the source + A reflective heart = Godly character and values; The world as the source + A reflective heart = Worldly values and thoughts (Maybe I am good at math after all!).
If your heart is not reflecting the things of God, then perhaps you need a new heart……a new mirror. In Ezekiel 18:31, the Lord even says, “Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.” Now the logical question is “how do I get a new heart?” If we read further in the book of Ezekiel we find the answer. The Lord says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). This work can only be done when we surrender our lives to the Lord and put Him in control. If you are not sure what this process looks like you can refer to the tab at the top of this blog called “How do I become a Christian.” This will walk you through the steps of entering into a relationship with the Lord. Just understand that the Lord does the work of replacing your broken mirror. No amount of good deeds on your part can accomplish this. So maybe, just maybe instead of saying “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all,” we should be saying “Mirror, mirror of my heart, allow the Lord to push restart!”
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